It’s hard to believe, but the new year is right around the corner. Whether you’re looking for a gift or have set a New Year’s resolution to be more organized, having a weekly planner is a great way to keep a record of important dates and documents. While many of us have converted to the digital realm for our calendar, a physical organizer acts as more than a basic schedule. It’s a notebook, a journal, a calendar and a filing system all in one. As you plan for events of the new year, Blue Sky’s got you covered with a 2022 planner that’s not only comprehensive in its format, but environmentally-friendly too.
In 2020, the brand launched into this idea by making $1,000 monthly donations to One Tree Planted to help combat deforestation. The investment then rolled over into a closer look at every aspect of the Blue Sky business and resulted in a new line of 2022 planners that honor the environment from cover to cover. The Blue Sky in Partnership with One Tree Planted collection is an example of this purpose-driven dedication.
At first glance, the front covers reflect the natural elements and color palettes of the planet. Choose from Hazy Springs, Ombre Blue, Marks and Dyed Stripes in either a 5×8 inches or 7×9 inches size. Inside, the pages are made from paper produced from wood managed in Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests. FSC certification ensures forest management with a focus on environmental, social and economic aspects. It means that the area is monitored to maintain biodiversity and replanting schedules. It also provides sustainable opportunities for jobs and economic growth.
Each planner is artistically designed with soy-based inks that avoid harsh chemicals and can be safely biodegraded without harm to the soil. In fact, every component in the planners can be recycled. Paperboard covers and plastic-free tabs allow the entire planner to be separated and disposed of with minimal waste. Check with your local recycling company in regards to the specific types of metal, plastic and paper they will accept.
In a single year, Blue Sky manufactures about three million planners. They are all made from responsibly-sourced paper and other materials. Few businesses are completely carbon neutral, so Blue Sky is committed to offsetting supply transport and other emissions through its tree planting initiative, which has already led to the planting of over 12,000 trees. As a company and through individual employees, the sale of planners also supports a variety of organizations such as Kids In Need Foundation, Wounded Warriors, Make-A-Wish and Breastcancer.org.
Blue Sky is very proud of its newest release and offered to send a sample for me to review. For some perspective, I’m a list maker and intrinsically plan and replan everything in my life. My online calendar is color coded to distinguish between deadlines at work, timelines for kids’ activities, appointments, and even fun social events. So I understand the appeal of having an easily-accessible planner to keep things in order. I expected to receive a pocketbook where I could jot down important memos and fill in appointment times. This planner is much more.
My first impression came with the packaging. Let’s face it, I’m an environmentalist, so seeing plastic makes my blood pressure rise. Fortunately there was no deep breathing required since the box and wrapping were all paper based.
The planner itself is gorgeous. The sample I received is the 2022 Weekly Planner 7×9 inches Ombre Blue in partnership with One Tree Planted. The watercolor appearance of the cover is calming and reminds me of a journal. A removable paper tab on the front outlines the sustainable aspects of the planner, so a gift recipient will know at a glance that you considered the planet in your choice.
More than just a calendar on paper, this planner includes pockets for storing receipts, notes or bills. The opening pages provide a space for your contact information in case you misplace the planner. It also opens with a designated space for your yearly goals. From there, it provides a snapshot of 2022 and 2023 in a compressed calendar overview, as well as a list of holidays for both years.
Each month of the year is easy to find with plastic-free tabs that identify them. Within each section, the initial pages offer a calendar of the month with small boxes for each day. There’s also space for notes down the column and a small calendar of the upcoming month for easy reference. For a more comprehensive detailing of activities, a daily calendar with space to outline the specifics of your goals and activities is laid out in the following pages for each month.
Following the December pages, the planner further serves its purpose with a “Future Planning” section for the year ahead, along with several pages for additional notes. Overall, the planner covers all the bases for organization, looks great and addresses environmental issues.
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Editor’s Note: This product review is not sponsored by Blue Sky. All opinions on the products and company are the author’s own.